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Nov 02, 2021 | ISBN 9781984879035

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“Packed with incident and justly admiring without being uncritical. . . Tomalin’s The Young H.G. Wells is hard to beat, being friendly, astute and a pleasure to read.” —Michael Dirda, Washington Post

“Claire Tomalin’s short, engaging biography The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World is a welcome addition to the conversation . . . Ms. Tomalin paints a vivid picture . . . Her book makes a strong case for Wells’s enduring importance.” —Heller McAlpin, The Wall Street Journal

“Tomalin is a consummate storyteller, illuminating myriad absorbing details to show the many dimensions of this complicated icon of twentieth-century literature.” —Booklist

“Tomalin (A Life of My Own) focuses on H.G. Wells’s early years and how that period defined his interests and career in this solid biography . . . A large cast of literary friends and political relationships add color, including Beatrice Potter Webb, Winston Churchill, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Stephen Crane. Well-researched . . . Tomalin’s account is worth a look for literature lovers.” —Publishers Weekly

“The acclaimed literary biographer delivers a compelling portrait of the formative years of the iconic British author . . . Wells was a renegade, which enlivens the already engaging narrative. [Tomalin] has an empathy for him and a deep understanding of a young man impelled to reach for everything within his grasp . . . Excellent. . . . A vivid portrait of the early years of an author of astounding vision, who predicted many of the horrors of the 20th century.” Kirkus (starred review)

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